Korean kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2015 06:48 PM | Updated as of Jan 26 2015 02:48 AM

MANILA -- A Korean national was kidnapped by a suspected terrorist group in R.T. Lim town in Zamboanga Sibugay Saturday night, a military official said Sunday.

Capt. Vivar Crisostomo, a civil military operations officer of the 102nd Brigade, said Noui Hong Sung, 73, was snatched from his house in Sitio Limono in Barangay Mabuhay at around 9:30 p.m.

The victim was taken by five armed men, who were riding a mini-van.

Crisostomo said they have yet to establish the identities of the suspects, as well as their group affiliation, noting that there are several "lawless groups" operating in the province, including the Abu Sayyaf.

A source said the group behind the kidnapping may have links with the Abu Sayyaf. There have been incidents in the past where kidnap victims from the province were brought to Basilan – a bailiwick area of the Abu Sayyaf.

The Abu Sayyaf is holding several foreign and Filipino hostages in Sulu. Government troops intensified their operations against the Abu Sayyaf both in Sulu and in Basilan last year.